Harry T. Papaconstantinou, M.D.

Clerkship Directors and Coordinators

Bryan/College Station Campus

Bruce A. Hoak, M.D., FACS
Clerkship Director

Shandala Terry
Clerkship Coordinator
(979) 845-1805

Round Rock Campus

Rodney Lewis, M.D., FACS
Clerkship Director

Erin Stavinoha
Clerkship Coordinator
(512) 341-4919

Temple Campus

J. Scott Thomas, M.D., FACS
Clerkship Director

Terri Okun
Clerkship Coordinator
(254) 724-2634


The required 12 week third-year clerkship taught by the Department of Surgery at all clinical campuses is designed to expose students to the basic principles of surgery through a personalized, comprehensive, high-quality experience. The student will be appropriately supervised in the pre-operative evaluation, operative procedures and post-operative care of all surgical patients. This will be accomplished by participating in the hospital ward work, operating room and in the outpatient clinic. This type of participation will enable the student to follow the patient through the complete process of diagnosis, management and outcome. The goal is to enable each student, regardless of their chosen field, to be knowledgeable with the diagnosis and management of a surgical patient. Students are instructed in basic techniques used in surgery.

Major emphasis is given to the principles of wound healing, fluid and electrolyte balance, the introduction to specific surgical diseases, multi-system trauma, inflammatory responses and malignancy. Ward rounds and the assignment of patients to students offer an opportunity for preoperative evaluation, postoperative management and the acquisition of sound surgical judgment. Lectures, subspecialty seminars and surgical grand rounds provide students the opportunity to enhance their abilities in the surgical field. Simulation activities are designed to allow invasive procedure practice and team training in a low pressure, clinical environment. Participation in the operating room, postoperative management, in house call and case presentations help to complete the total surgical experience and provide continuity of care. Elective opportunities are available during the third year experience and are similar to the electives available during the fourth year rotation.

Students are evaluated by faculty and housestaff (where applicable) and through both an oral examination and a standardized written exam.

The fourth-year elective program allows further exposure to all aspects of surgical disciplines. General surgery, trauma/critical care, anesthesiology, audiology, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, plastic surgery, podiatry, speech pathology, urology and vascular surgery are available at various sites throughout the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Student participation in any ongoing research program is welcomed and encouraged. Several surgeons maintain funded laboratories and clinical/educational research is common amongst faculty.

For visiting students interested in a surgical career, we ask for submission of a current CV, USMLE scores and medical school surgery clerkship grade. These will be reviewed by the clerkship director prior to scheduling the elective.

Contact Us

Clerkship Office

Department of Surgery Clerkship Coordinator
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Scott & White Hospital
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
Phone: (254) 724-2634
Fax: (254) 724-6317
Email: Terri Okun,

Academic Office

Department of Surgery
Texas A&M University College of Medicine
Scott & White Hospital 7 Brindley
2401 South 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
Phone: (254) 724-2595
Fax: (254) 724-7482
Email: Charlotte Green,